Victoria’s unhinged Premier and deluded Energy Minister are hell-bent on replicating South Australia’s wind and solar debacle and bringing it home.
By definition, ‘insanity’ is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
On that score, Daniel Andrews and Lily D’Ambrosio are in a league of their own.
It’s not as if the results are news: South Australia is the only state in Australia to suffer a statewide blackout; and the fact that it suffers the highest retail power prices in the world, is known from here to Timbuktu.
But, as the new Federal Energy Minister, Angus Taylor puts it, this is all about ‘Labor virtue signalling with other people’s money.’
The more serious problem Taylor faces is that – with lunatics like Dan and Lily in charge – it’s going to be next to impossible to keep the lights on this summer, and beyond.
Last summer, Victorians faced mass load shedding (euphemistically referred to as ‘demand management’), when temperatures rocketed and wind power output hit the floor.
That weather-driven chaos left hospitals scrambling for power and saw dozens of energy hungry businesses unceremoniously chopped from the grid: Australia Closes Coal-Fired Power Plants: Hospitals Forced to Cut Power Use & Power Prices Rocket
By backing chaotic wind and solar instead of the reliable stuff, not only will Dan and Lily deliver ‘system blacks’ to Victorians, Victoria’s wind and solar obsession now threatens to wreck the entire Eastern Grid.
The Australian’s economics editor, Judith Sloan tackles the lunacy that’s broken out in Victoria below, in her usual commendable style.